Voices, The Peoples News No. 2023-05-27

Voices, The Peoples News

May 27, 2023
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 to Inform and Educate

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# Border / Immigration / Migrants
This Thursday, June 1, Judge Hanen will again hear oral arguments, and we are again mobilizing — now to Houston. Representing over 600,000 current DACA recipients, we will show Judge Hanen that there are real people and lives on the line. What’s more, we will call for permanent protections for ALL 11 million undocumented immigrants so that every person can live and thrive fully and safely. Texas judge orders federal government to stop granting new DACA applications.

# Children / Youth
Texas keeps on burying kids from gun violence while Republicans fight among themselves: The Lone Star State is the capital of gun violence instead of doing anything, Republicans are eating their own: The line in the sand for the state of Texas today is where you stand on gun violence and no one has crossed it to defend the citizens of Texas against the mass murderers who have taken the lives of Texas citizens. Texas has some of the loosest gun laws in the country.

# Covid / Pandemics / Biologicals
# Economy / Finance / Trade / Banks
Why Is the Biden administration suddenly so focused on industrial policy? The origins of Biden’s most important policy, explained. Biden’s industrial policy is both a sharp break from neoliberalism and a rediscovery of an old American idea.

House Democrats Are Clearly Not Happy With Joe Biden’s Handling of the Debt Ceiling Fight: As Republicans and the White House say they are getting much closer to a deal, Democrats are frustrated that their leaders are ceding the political messaging to Kevin McCarthy.

Debt Limit Must Be Raised by June 5, Yellen Warns: The two sides are still inching toward an agreement that could lift the federal borrowing limit and cap spending for two years. Defense and veterans spending reportedly would be increased to the levels Biden proposed in his 2024 budget request.

No, raising the debt ceiling is not really about ‘paying our bills’: Media coverage of the current debt ceiling debate in Washington is not entirely false, but it is often not entirely accurate, either.  While lamentations such as “Social Security payments won’t go out!” may have a shred of technical truth to them, all that wailing and gnashing of teeth is probably a waste of time. The truth is not nearly as cut-and-dry as some would have us think.

The US could default on its debt as soon as June 5 if the debt ceiling isn’t raised by then. Social Security, Medicaid, and SNAP could be among the first programs to go unpaid. That means retirees who rely on those programs could be the first to experience the consequences.

Republican presidential candidate Asa Hutchinson wants a million seniors on Social Security to go back to work – “They shouldn’t be penalized by the government for working”: “Those people who are aged 62 and want to take Social Security and retire, they shouldn’t be penalized by the government for working,” he said. “That could add a million people back into our workforce who want to work, and they could get their Social Security benefit, and they could work at the same time.” “Those are kind of changes that, to me, make sense that will help our economy and help our budgeting,” the candidate concluded.

The national debt is a disgrace. The battle over it is even worse: Rarely is anything significant ever accomplished. That’s because for too many politicians solving a problem means they no longer have an issue with which to bash the other side. At a time when almost no form of behavior is considered a disgrace, the long, drawn-out scenario over the debt ceiling vs. cuts in spending is disgraceful. The waste, fraud and abuse over government spending is a scandal that has gone on too long.

# Education / Schools
As Gov. DeSantis Preps White House Run, PEN America Sues Florida School District over Book Ban: Lawsuit Asserts Escambia County School Board Unlawfully Removes or Restricts Access to Books on Race, Racism and LGBTQ Identities.

Bookmobiles have a new mission: delivering banned books: Last year, Florida passed three laws that collectively have given state-approved administrators and proxies the power to ban books from schools, and caused many teachers to empty or cover their bookshelves for fear of prosecution.

# Employment / Labor
‘Domestic Offshoring’ Sends Low-Wage Jobs Out of Key US Cities: The US is becoming increasingly split between high-priced cities where the rich and powerful congregate and more affordable locales that offer jobs that can be done from anywhere, according to a new study https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VPRvCs3Jtgs__;!!On18fmf1aQ!zwXV9M5l_-LcKa6rNVwBdwMHI1_-kiTS2U9RfQxOvdYxV–Hlmk9i6W2p33wDWalg5L_RRLfPnK5tDdKUCH7t81QzEk3b0KY$

How Outsourcing Jobs Affects the U.S. Economy: Job outsourcing occurs when U.S. companies hire foreign workers instead of Americans. In 2019, U.S. overseas affiliates employed 14.6 million workers. Four industries that are often affected are technology, call centers, human resources, and manufacturing.

Offshoring Bias in U.S. Manufacturing: Implications for Productivity and Value Added: The rapid growth of offshoring has sparked a contentious debate over its impact on the U.S. manufacturing sector, which has recorded steep employment declines yet strong output growth, a fact reconciled by the notable gains in manufacturing productivity.

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Industry / Global # Environment / Climate / Interior / Infrastructure Recycled plastic can be more toxic and is no fix for pollution: Plastic becomes more toxic when it is recycled, and releases large amounts of microplastics into water systems in the process, according to two new reports. When recycled, plastic has a higher amount of toxic chemicals including carcinogens, environmental pollutants and endocrine disruptors, a Greenpeace study found.

# General News
State Farm will no longer issue property insurance in California: The company cited rising construction costs and its “rapidly growing catastrophe exposure.” State Farm said Friday, May 26, that it will stop accepting new applications for property and casualty insurance in California, citing rising construction costs and its “rapidly growing catastrophe exposure.”

# Gov / Politics / Global
Christians caught with a Bible in North Korea have faced death and had their families, including children, thrown in prison for life, a new report says. One NGO, Open Doors USA, has reported that for Christians in North Korea, life is a “constant cauldron of pressure” and “capture or death is only a mistake away.”

# Gov / Politics
The “sane alternative” to Trump makes his pitch (total centralization of power). The Florida governor officially entered the presidential race this week in an awkward, glitchy Twitter chat with a fellow black hole of charisma, Elon Musk.

Voters want compromise in Congress – so why the brinkmanship over the debt ceiling? Brinkmanship means coming to the edge of potential default on the US debt ceiling. Are lawmakers negotiating the debt limit representing the wishes and interests of their voters?

Pro-DeSantis Super PAC to Inherit Millions, Circumventing Campaign Finance Laws: Over $80 million may be transferred from DeSantis’ old state-level PAC to a new PAC set to back his presidential bid.

Florida, Once the Land of Make Believe, Now a Real-Life Horror Under Ron DeSantis: Florida has become ground zero for systemic, state-sponsored censorship, intolerance and discrimination. DeSantis clearly sees his path to the White House is to out-Trump Trump.It seems there isn’t a historically marginalized group or progressive policy that DeSantis isn’t willing to attack.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis launches 2024 GOP presidential campaign to challenge Trump

Ron DeSantis is learning that not every state wants to be Florida

‘Biden and Me’: DeSantis Privately Tells Donors Trump Can’t Win

Banned in the USA: State Laws Supercharge Book Suppression in Schools

DeSantis defends banning African American studies course as Black leaders call for action

DeSantis signs Florida’s 6-week abortion ban into law

DeSantis signs Florida ban on transgender treatment for minors

DeSantis signs ‘Don’t Say Gay’ expansion and gender-affirming care ban

Texas AG Ken Paxton Impeached by Republican-Led State House: Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton was impeached in an extraordinary vote by the state’s Republican-dominated House of Representatives, which charged him Saturday with bribery, obstruction of justice and 18 other offenses.

# Law Enforcment
Bodycam Footage Shows Cops Laughing While Black Man Died In Their Custody After They Tased Him At Least 26 Times: In body camera footage shared with the Clarion Ledger, three former officers reportedly tased Keith Murriel, 41, at least 26 separate times in a 10-minute span on December 31. According to the outlet, a hotel security guard call the police, reporting that he was loitering in the parking lot. McCarty and Willis have since been charged with second degree murder, while land was charged last week with manslaughter.

# Legal / DOJ
Texas House launches historic impeachment proceedings against Attorney General Ken Paxton: The impeachment accuses Paxton of attempting to interfere in foreclosure lawsuits and issuing legal opinions to benefit Paul. Its bribery charges allege that Paul employed the woman with whom Paxton had an affair in exchange for legal help and that he paid for expensive renovations to the attorney general’s home.

Chinese Immigrants Sue Florida Over Unconstitutional and Discriminatory Law Banning Them From Buying Land ACLU and Partners Argue SB 264 Violates the Constitution and the Fair Housing Act

# Medical / Health
Hundreds of Thousands Lose Medicaid Coverage as Post-Pandemic Purge Begins: As many as 15 million Americans could lose their Medicaid benefits in the coming months as the Covid-19 pandemic comes to an end. The process of removing beneficiaries who no longer qualify for benefits has already begun in at least 19 states, hundreds of thousands of people have already lost coverage.

# Military / Global
Abrams tanks for training Ukrainians now in Europe, Pentagon hopes to begin F-16 pilot training soon: Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said Thursday that more than 30 American-made M1 Abrams tanks for training Ukrainians have arrived in Europe, so they are prepared for when the battle-ready versions arrive later in the year.

# Science
Thousands protest Mexico’s new science law: Researchers are preparing to march against legislation that some say could harm basic science. More than 14,000 people have signed a letter protesting against the approval of a new science law in Mexico on 29 April. They say that the legislation,  the General Law on Humanities, Sciences, Technologies and Innovation, consolidates power over science with the government and ignores the wishes of the research community.

# Space / UFO Disclosure / Other
Ron DeSantis Signs Bill Shielding Elon Musk’s SpaceX From Lawsuits: An unmanned SpaceX rocket exploded last month, resulting in catastrophic environmental damage. Newly announced GOP presidential candidate and Florida governor Ron DeSantis (R) signed a bill into state law on Thursday that protects private companies that orchestrate spaceflights from liability lawsuits if a crew member gets injured or dies as a result of an accident.

# Veterans / VA
Debt default could stop benefits payments to 7 million vets, Democrats say: A default on the U.S. government’s debt would hit veterans particularly hard, endangering benefits, health care and retirement payments for former service members and their families, according to Democrats on the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee.

# Water
A new Supreme Court opinion is terrible news if you care about clean water: The Court took a huge bite out of the Clean Water Act. The Supreme Court handed down a 5-4 decision on Thursday which places a drastic new limit on the Clean Water Act, the 1972 law that forms the backbone of the United States’ efforts to ensure that America’s water supply is clean and safe.

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